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  1. Seeing your home in Canada makes me glad to be in Texas, U.S.A.! You have a beautiful home! I'm originally from Kansas, which can have some pretty rough winters, so I know how beautiful, yet painful snow and ice can be. Yes, if anyone needs a Comet crystal, I have them. They are a bit tricky to install, so I offer installation in addition.
  2. Hi Ted, Jarett here. Sorry slow to reply. Since taking over for Rene, I am spending a lot of time in the shop! I have many clients who wear their Hamilton Electrics daily. I have quite a collection myself, so they are rotated, as martinus mentioned. As far as 500 movements go, and if memory serves me correctly, Rene told me that he ran one of the Jeweler's Displays with only routine battery changes for eight years on his desk before the gold tab on the balance wore through. That's quite a testament, and maybe more of an exception, than a norm, but the 500 movement can be very reliable. Worn cases are a testament to the durability of the watch. People did not wear non running watches around on their wrists, and I see lots of very worn cases. On the 505, there are two types of contacts: D-Pins, and Z-Pins. The Z-Pins tend to last longer, but are more difficult to install in my opinion, and I do not have any in stock. I have a pretty large supply of New Old Stock D-Pin contacts, and as part of my service on a watch, I remove the old roller table containing the D-Pin, and install a new roller table with NOS D-Pin contact. I have not personally done experiments on how long a watch will run with a NOS D-Pin, but Rene said he estimated that with constant use, one would last in the neighborhood of 3 years. After 3 years of continuous use, a normal mechanical watch would likely be in need of a service as well. You mentioned running the watch 12 hours a day. By doing that, in effect you extend the life of the D-Pin from approximately 3 years to 6 years, and will likely double your battery life as well (in the setting position, the circuit is open on a Hamilton Electric, which is not the case with a modern quartz watch, which will drain the battery regardless of crown position). This is why I do encourage owners to place the watch in setting position when stored. Preserving the contacts allows for the same amount of enjoyment of the watch, at a reduced cost. It also saves parts which are no longer made. So the long and short of it is that a Hamilton Electric, if cared for properly, can easily be a daily wearer, and people did just that in the 50's and 60's. Jarett
  3. Thanks Ted! The ability to install a NOS D-Pin is the key to making these watches run very well. When Rene trained me in the procedure, and sold me his remaining parts stock, he made my life much easier! He has been very gracious to me, and is always just a quick email or phone call away! Jarett
  4. Hello Ted, Good to hear from you. I am staying pretty busy restoring the Hamilton Electric watches, and maintaining my website, http://unwindintime.com It seems that I find little time to check the Forum, but am always happy to answer any questions if you contact me directly at unwindintime@gmail.com. I am looking forward to Dave's visit next month. I have made a few special watches for him that I think he will enjoy. I use the same techniques in the Hamilton Restorations that Rene taught me. I take each watch completely down, ultrasonically clean (actually with the same cleaning machine Rene used), inspect, re-assemble, lubricate, and adjust each watch. On all 505's, I also install a NOS D-Pin contact onto the balance. This helps them run like they did from the factory 50 years ago. Rene has been a great mentor to me over the years, and I still stay in contact with him frequently.
  5. Now that's what I call a nice collection!!! My Texas hat is off to you!! :cowboy: harleymanstan
  6. Hi Bill, Prototypes are of great interest to me!! What I wouldn't do to get my hands on that Time Zone Prototype!! That would be the crown jewel to a Hamilton Electric collection. :yes: I visited the museum a few years back, and would have liked to see these prototypes. I wonder why they don't display them? Can you request to see them on a visit? Thanks again for the photos, harelymanstan
  7. The Vega was released in June 1961 with an original price of $110.00, and had a two year production life, so it is very uncommon. I have one of these watches for sale on my website: http://unwindintime....t=91&category=1 Believe me, though. I would not be selling it if I did not have another in my personal collection. :yes: harleymanstan
  8. Very nice Jarret is that an intagrated bracelet on the watch, quite rare I would think It is the original bracelet. It can be removed and replaced with another metal strap, or leather band. It is just as "space age" as the watch. I had never seen one that functions like it does. The first time I put it on, I had a hard time trying to figure out how to get it off. As you fool with trying to take it off, it will cinch down tighter, but not loosen until you figure out the trick. harleymanstan
  9. A project that has been awhile in the making, but I finally have it together, and am pretty taken with it. :thumbup: harleymanstan
  10. They are really cool and rare watches. Here is mine: harleymanstan
  11. It's a tough choice, but I'm really partial to those Saturn dials. :yes: harleymanstan
  12. Very nice find. My hat is off to you. :cowboy: You don't see these often, and in this shape... :yes: harleymanstan
  13. I think this type of quartz movement is easy to obtain, and pretty common. It looks like the job was done by a better watchmaker than the ones pictured in "The Watch Of The Future." The main advantage to the Hamilton Factory Quartz conversion was that the dial feet were preserved. I would bet my hat :cowboy: (I do live in Texas, you know) that the dial feet had to be cut off to make this conversion. That's really not so bad if a person does not want to ever convert it back to an original movement without refinishing the dial. International dial can put feet back on a dial, but it has to be refinished since the process discolors the dial. If no other movement is available, and one wants a running Hamilton Electric, this is a much better alternative than scrapping, or throwing a watch away in my opinion. Harleymanstan
  14. I certainly understand your point of view. The Calendar model is not the most appealing watch you will ever lay eyes on, but it is such a rarity, that frankly, I'm surprised that they do not sell for more. I guess I'm coming from that "purist" point of view, though. When you consider that only about 25 of these watches were produced, and then compare that to the ultra rare Altair with a production of 1600, the rarity becomes a little more clear. Another interesting point about the Calendar 507 that I have not seen mentioned before is how that it could be considered to have an "AM/PM" indicator. Since the date wheel moves continuously during the day, if the date is toward the top of the window, you know it is morning, and if it is toward the bottom, you know it is evening. On the watch I have pictured on my website, the date is the 7th. The time is just after 8am. If the date (the 7th) was toward the bottom of the window, you would know it is just after 8pm. I think it's a very interesting side note. At midnight, the shutter flips in a split second back to the top of the window to the new date. It then follows that date in the window throughout the next day. It may sound strange, but if you have never watched this phenomenon, you just don't know what you are missing. This was all done, by the way, because the balance did not possess enough energy to flip a date wheel at midnight. This was overcome by the continuously moving date wheel and shutter. Hopefully this will give all a little insight to why I think these watches are so interesting, and in my opinion, undervalued. :thumbup: Harleymanstan
  15. I did sell one of these from my website, unwindintime.com Here it is: 507 Calendar There is no doubt that they are very rare. harleymanstan
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